Community Service at AISHK
As a non-profit organisation, AISHK is committed to instilling a strong sense of community service and ongoing civic engagement and leadership in our student community. Community service programs exist through every year level at the school through our House system, with each House having a specific organisation that students support throughout the school year. The idea behind this initiative is for students to not only fundraise for projects, but to develop a strong connection with the work of their House's charitable organisation. As students get older, they may even have the opportunity to have a first-hand experience visiting and assisting in projects as part of the Secondary Activity Week options.
In March 2015, a group of students from Year 10 to Year 12 were able to see community action and social responsibility in its purest form when they attended the opening ceremony of the Tan Nghia Kindergarten in Vietnam, which was established through a joint venture between AISHK and the Christina Noble Children's Foundation (CNCF). This kindergarten will provide essential and ongoing education for 60 children per year who otherwise would not have had access to an early childhood education.
Beyond House-related community service activities, our students partake in various projects both locally and internationally - from harvesting and donating produce from our very own Green Roof to being part of the annual World Vision 30-Hour Famine as well as the Running to Stop the Traffik 24-hour race at the Peak. Our secondary students offer their services to local schools and community organisatios. In particular, AISHK continues to foster our strong relationship with the English teaching staff and students of Hoi Ping Chamber of Commerce School, where each Friday students discuss a variety of topical issues, designed specifically to enhance the Hoi Ping students conversational English. The spirit of Christmas is demonstrated annually as AISHK students and staff participate in the Hong Kong wide Box of Hope project, helping to provide hundreds of educational gifts to those children most in need in Hong Kong, and further afield in Southeast Asia.
A fantastic student initiative has been the YES Club (Youths Experiencing Service) formed in 2014 by senior students Evelyn Chan, Vernice Chan, Audrey Ling and Marsha Lui. Under the girls' guidance, students participate in a wide variety of service activities such as assisting food kitches, reading to younger children and visiting the elderly.
This is just a small snapshot of the community service projects our students and teachers at AISHK are involved in each year. Through these projects, students learn to become global citizens who recognise the importance of assisting those most in need.
|Paul McGunnigle | Community Service Co-ordinator|